The young American schottisch
Sheet music cover for a schottisch (a dance similar to the polka), composed by Francis H. Brown and dedicated to "Miss Mary Leeds of New York." The illustration features the standing figure of "Young America," a young man in coat, waistcoat, and plaid trousers, holding an American flag. Virtually the same idealized, youthful male figure appears as "Citizen Know Nothing" and "Uncle Sam" in other nativist contexts. (See for instance "Uncle Sam's Youngest Son" and "Sam's Coming," nos. 1854-4 and 1855-6.) Behind him on the left a train moves along a track out of a tunnel, and on the right are two ships. These allude to the progressive (or "Young America") Democrats' emphasis on internal improvements, commerce, and trade.
Entered . . . 1855 by Firth, Pond & Co.
Lith. of Sarony & Co. N.Y.
New York. Published by Firth, Pond & Co. No. 1 Franklin Sq. Albany, T.I. Ilsley. Cincinnati, Colburn & Field. St. Louis, Wm. W. Wakelam. New Orlean, P.P. Werlein.
Title appears as it is written on the item.
Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1855-5.